Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 31, 2013

Honaker slides past Hurley

By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

HONAKER, Va. — Hurley did its best to stick it to Honaker and hand the Tigers their first BDD loss of the season.

Tanner Robinette stuck it right back at the Rebels.

The 6-foot-6 freshman scored on three straight stick-backs in the fourth quarter to break a tie and send Honaker to a 46-38 win over Hurley Wednesday night at A.P. Baldwin Gymnasium.

Robinette scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to snap a 32-32 tie. The big man finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

“Tanner struggled in the first half,” Honaker coach Marcus Dunham said. “But he played the way he’s capable of playing there in the fourth quarter. He got some big rebounds and some big put-backs.

“We were flat and Hurley came out and was more aggressive and intense and they controlled the tempo in the first half. Give them credit.”

Hurley (7-10, 2-6) got 14 points and eight boards from Greg Stacy  who played most of the second half in foul trouble. Wes Peck (9 points) and Billy Stacy (7) combined for 16 points for the Rebels, who led 23-22 at halftime in a game with six ties and nine lead changes.

“Greg Stacy, Wesley Peck, Nick Gibson, all our kids gave us a great effort tonight,” Hurley coach Mark Cooper said. “They played their hearts out against a good team on the road, and they just keep getting better.”

Payton Ball had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ty Hall led the Tigers (16-2, 7-0) with 14 points and added eight boards.

The Rebels cut a 40-32 deficit to 40-36 on a free throw by Billy Stacy with 3:43 remaining. The closest Hurley got in the final minutes was at 44-38 on a bucket by Billy Stacy at the 1:07 mark.

Blake Ray hit two free throws for the Tigers with 25 seconds remaining.

The game was a makeup of a game snowed out on Jan. 18. The Honaker-Hurley girls game postponed that night will be made up Feb. 6.



At Honaker

HURLEY (38)

G. Stacy 14, Peck 9, B. Stacy 7, Gibson 4, Charles 2, T. Stacy 2, Oliover 0, Estep 0.

HONAKER (46)

Hall 14, Ball 12, Robinette 11, Dye 6, Ray 2, Lester 1, Hale 0, Harman 0.

Hurley...................8   15  9   6   —  38

Honaker...............11  11  10  14  —  46

3-point goals – Hur 1 (Peck), Hon-none. JV Game-Honaker won.